Overview

Bill Banowsky is a litigation attorney in Holland & Knight's Dallas office, where he focuses his practice on complex business litigation and arbitration, securities litigation and corporate governance investigations. Mr. Banowsky has been involved with matters across the U.S., as well as internationally.

Mr. Banowsky also represents national and international energy industry clients in various disputes involving contract rights and business torts. In recent years, he has become involved in numerous disputes representing healthcare providers including hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, medical device suppliers, physician groups and ancillary providers.

Mr. Banowsky has extensive experience in contract disputes, corporate shareholders rights, director and officer liability claims and disputes, and environmental impact litigation. His securities and corporate governance practice includes the representation of audit committees in Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) investigations involving conduct occurring in the United States, Bolivia, Brazil, Nigeria, Iraq and China. He has also represented several local school districts in matters involving the First Amendment, open meetings and open records matters, school finance litigation and general issues involving education.

In addition, Mr. Banowsky is Board Certified in Civil Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.

Representative Experience

  • Obtained verdict for a client in securities fraud case involving a $50 million private placement
  • Represented a multibillion-dollar investment fund in fraud and breach of fiduciary claim filed by investors
  • Represented a special litigation committee of a New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) company in stock option backdating investigation
  • Represented the audit committee of a NYSE company in review and investigation into dating of stock option grants
  • Represented the audit committee of a Nasdaq national transportation company investigating the activities, including questionable billing practices, directed by the chief operating officer (COO) of the company
  • Represented a NYSE company investigating certain contractual agreements involving illegal kickbacks
  • Represented a NYSE company in internal review of ethics complaints filed against top officers
  • Represented the audit committee of a Nasdaq company regarding the activities of a China subsidiary
  • Represented the audit committee of a NYSE company in the investigation of questionable accounting practices by a division CEO
  • Represented a telecommunications company and its officers in a securities fraud class action
  • Represented a broker in a multiparty litigation and before the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) relating to the sales of unregistered securities
  • Represented the audit committee of an NYSE company in the investigation of the activities of the company in Africa, South America and the Middle East
  • Represented an audit committee of an NYSE company in a Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) investigation of CEO activities
  • Represented the director of a waste disposal company in a securities class action
  • Represented an internet media company in a securities fraud class action
  • Represented a national retailer in a securities fraud class action

  • Represented a buyer of gas producing company in a series of post-purchase arbitrations
  • Represented an oil and gas exploration company in a breach of contract dispute arising from the sale of mineral interests in the Gulf of Mexico
  • Represented a major chemical distributor in a grand jury investigation into price fixing of products
  • Represented oil and gas partnership in formal investigation by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)
  • Represented a target energy company in litigation arising from merger
  • Represented the audit committee of a NYSE company in the investigation of allegations of violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and U.S. antitrust law
  • Represented the officers and directors of an offshore oil and gas drilling company in a securities fraud class action
  • Represented an oil and gas company in a multiplaintiff property damage class action resulting from a pipeline break
  • Represented an oil pipeline company in multistate litigation involving environment contractual indemnities
  • Represented oil and gas producers in claims brought by surface interest owners for surface and subsurface contamination
  • Represented oil and gas producers in a major class action involving saltwater disposal practices

  • Represented a defense contractor in dispute with subcontractors
  • Represented a fund-of-funds company in arbitration and litigation against former partner in purchase of business
  • Represented a U.S. company in a successful contract arbitration with Chilean company
  • Represented an international oil and gas company with regard to Congo concessions
  • Represented a national retailer in claims against the administrator of its extended service plans
  • Represented a national retailer in a claim against the insurance company underwriting its extended warranty program
  • Represented a life insurance carrier in a class action regarding policy language and dividend practice in which class certification was denied
  • Represented an insured in litigation and international arbitration in insurance coverage cases arising out of an industrial accident that damaged millions of dollars in equipment
  • Represented a charitable foundation in an arbitration against its investment advisor for investment losses
  • Represented a life insurance carrier in a series of cases related to the sales and marketing of variable life products
  • Represented a government contractor in an investigation by the U.S. Department of Defense regarding whistleblower claims
  • Represented limited partners against the general partner in a series of real estate limited partnerships asserting claims for fraud and mismanagement
  • Represented an online retailer in a copyright infringement suit involving products sold on the retailer's website
  • Represented real estate developer arbitrations across the country dealing with multiple architectural contracts
  • Represented a NYSE company in multiple arbitrations arising from dealer terminations

  • Represented a group of physicians in litigation and arbitration following break up of medical practice partnership
  • Obtained over millions of dollars in settlement for healthcare providers against health insurance plans and companies who wrongfully denied payment
  • Represented providers asserting prompt pay claims against payers
  • Obtained a favorable result for a medical device vendor against claims of fraud and other improper practices
  • Represented a healthcare provider in investigation of whistleblower claims related to billing practices
  • Represented healthcare providers in disputes related to practice group or network relationships
  • Represented a healthcare provider in dispute alleging fraudulent billing practices
  • Represented healthcare providers in professional liability matters

Credentials

Education
  • Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law, J.D., cum laude
  • Texas Tech University, B.B.A.
Bar Admissions/Licenses
  • Texas
Court Admissions
  • All State Courts in Texas
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas
Memberships
  • American Bar Association
  • Dallas Bar Association
  • Texas Bar Association
  • College of the State Bar of Texas
  • Texas Bar Foundation, Fellow
  • Dallas Bar Foundation, Fellow
  • Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel (FDCC), Member, 2001-Present; Chair, Business Torts and Commercial Litigation Section, 2001-2003
  • DRI – The Voice of the Defense Bar
  • American Health Lawyers Association
Honors & Awards
  • The Best Lawyers in America guide, Dallas Corporate Compliance Law Lawyer of the Year, 2016, 2018, 2020, 2022
  • The Best Lawyers in America guide, Dallas Litigation – Mergers & Acquisitions Lawyer of the Year, 2014
  • The Best Lawyers in America guide, Commercial Litigation, Corporate Compliance Law, Corporate Governance Law, Litigation – Banking and Finance, Litigation – ERISA, Litigation – First Amendment, Litigation – Mergers & Acquisitions, Litigation – Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy), Litigation – Securities, 2006-2022
  • Texas Super Lawyers magazine, 2003-2021

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